The week didn’t start out so great. The old man’s stupid donkeys had run off and Saul was asked to take charge of finding them. I know if I were Saul, I’d be upset. I would have had things to do, people to see, and places to go on my schedule. But Saul and his servant dutifully cancelled their appointments and headed off in search of donkeys. They walked the mountains of Ephraim. No donkeys. They passed through the lands of Shalisha and Shaalim. No donkeys. When Saul was ready to call off the search, his servant suggested they ask the local “prophet” for some help.
That’s when the strangest thing happened. They “coincidentally” met Samuel on the road leading to his house without knowing who he was. The prophet seemed to act like he was expecting them. Samuel invited them to a feast he had been planning, and before they could mention their donkeys, Samuel told them their donkeys had been found. Then it got stranger still … the prophet told Saul, “And on whom is all the desire of Israel? Is it not on you and on all your father’s house?” (1 Samuel 9:20)
The nation of Israel was in a period of change. The nation had demanded that Samuel appoint a king over them. God had told Samuel the day before he met Saul that He was going to bring the man to him who would be king. How did God get Saul to Samuel? Stupid donkeys.
Now I don’t know about you, but I like to have my life planned out with no surprises. Perhaps I need to think twice the next time I’m interrupted by stupid donkeys. Maybe God is trying to get me where I need to be.